As we get closer to the holidays we begin to think about holiday shopping. And yes, holiday cooking.
If you’re like me you love to cook for others. Thanksgiving in the US is just around the corner. Then there is Christmas. And while we must never lose focus for the real reason we celebrate these holidays, it’s somewhat an exciting time because we get to see families and friends. We get to sit down and ever so slightly loosen our resolve (and belt) to eat more for enjoyment.
But although I’m not much for all the commercial hoopla around the holidays, I do participate, well because it’s so much fun, right?
So I wanted to share my favorite kitchen tools that I use with you. I hope these tools will make holiday meal prep not just bearable for you, but also fun.
And you get to be the holiday cooking hero once again.
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I love sun dried tomatoes but it’s expensive to purchase readymade. I also love snacks like plantain and mango chips. Enter the Excalibur Dehydrator.
There may be other brands but Excalibur is the boss when it comes to dehydrators. I purchased a 9-tray unit, along with silicone mats which makes cleaning up a breeze. I’ve owned this unit for about six years.
It is great for making crackers and home made granola. You decide what to put into your recipes.
Sun dried tomatoes are excellent drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and Herbes de Provence. And, if you like garlic just smash a clove or two and add to the mixture and refrigerate.
A dehydrator is a great way to cook if you are into raw or minimally cooked foods. This way of cooking reduce the destruction of nutrients.
But because the dehydrator is useful for so many recipes, it makes a great addition to your kitchen for holiday cooking.
Tip: Use to make yogurt for morning breakfast smoothies!
Smoothies, soft serve ice cream, hot soups is just the beginning of the many holiday meals you can prepare with the Vitamix blender.
The Vitamix is a very powerful blender that can whip up a smoothie in record time.
However, it is so much more. I use mine to make almond milk and soft-serve ice cream using frozen fruits.
Raw foodists love this machine. It lasts forever, and you can use it to make both cold and warm soups. I’ve heard of it lasting up to 25 years and counting. So it’s worth the money you pay for it.
I comes with a tamper for when you’re working with dry foods such as making nut flour or dough.
Say what you want about the prices. Any cook worth her salt is going to want one. So remember this one when it comes to holiday gift-giving time.
Perfectly done rice in two minutes. Bone broth in 30. Any cook worth their salt needs an Instant pot. I purchased the 3-quart Duo and was very impressed. They come in a 6 quart size as well.
I mostly use the pressure cooker as I already own a slow cooker. However, this is a kitchen tool you can use every day.
I use it for making steel-cut oatmeal with coconut milk and just love the consistency.
I use it to cook bean chili, curried lamb, and oxtail. Great for cooking and batches then portion and freeze for when you’re too busy to cook.
It’s a shame you can’t get spare inserts because I would own two or three of them. If you have found spare inserts for the 3-quart version please send me a message. Thanks.
Bullet Express By Nutribullet
Spiralizer, shredder, and so much more. The Bullet Express is the perfect tool for making zucchini “spaghetti” and fast salads when you are cooking for a large crowd.
I use it to shred cabbage when I’m making sauerkraut. It’s large chute allows you to catch shredded veggies in almost any size container.
It also comes with a small blender that you can use to make sauces, grind nuts or make pesto. This machine is an all-in-one magic salad creator.
Sure there are others but what I know for sure is that this baby will tackle any job it was designed to do.
If you make homemade French fries or hash brown, the 5-blade spiralizer is the perfect kitchen tool for you.
It’s mostly made of plastic so it should be safe for the kids to use with good guidance and supervision.
It’s quick and easy and clean up is a breeze.
I get it you may not care about spiralizing your veggies. But think how impressed your family and guest will be when they see all those colorful veggies in unbelievable shapes and sizes on your dinner table. mmmm?
Handheld Immersion Blender
I never saw the reason to use a hand mixer. I felt either a regular blender or the Nutribullet was good enough. But then I discovered the KOIOS hand mixer.
I use it specifically to blend my bulletproof coffee but it’s good for so much more. Mix pancake batter with minimum mess. Just press to release the mixer and wash. Wipe the handle clean and store it away.
The KOIOS comes with a whisk for beating eggs and also a chopping container. You lock the handle into the top of the chopping container and boom! Quick chopped salad, coleslaw, onions, or hummus.
A powerful kitchen tool in a small package. Excellent for when you only have small batches or you don’t have time to clean a full size blender or food processor.
Cuisinart Spice and Nut Grinder
The only spice and nut grinder I use is the Cuisinart Spice/Nut Grinder.
I use it to grind coffee beans as well. I’ve also used it to grind raw walnuts and brazil nuts for oatmeal and pancakes.
But it’s capable of so much more. It’s perfect for grinding whole peppercorns and cinnamon sticks.
I’ve even used it to make pesto, although now I have several other kitchen tools for that.
This food grinder is very versatile. It’s small so maybe it’s better for one- or two-people cooking.
However you choose to use it, you will not be disappointed. The plus is that I’ve owned the same unit for more than 5 years and it still looks good and works the same as new.
Silicone Cooking Tongs
I grinned at the look on my son’s face when he picked up one of these green silicone tongs and asked “how do you use this”?
I equally love these kitchen tools. There are three sizes and each of them has to be held a certain way to open and close it.
So if you hold its head down it opens and if you hold it up you can close it. That means no accidental closing, especially if you place it near food.
The silicone doesn’t stain or burn and is easy to clean. I always have them on hand while cooking and on the table for serving meals.
I was happy when my podcast landed on TuneIn. It meant that my listeners could ask Alexa to search for and play SoloMoms! Talk Podcast.
But Alexa can help you with so much more.
From helping you find recipes for holiday cooking to searching for and playing music that keeps you humming along to your favorite music. Alexa can be a great kitchen companion while you work at becoming the holiday cooking hero your family already loves.
This echo can help you organize your shopping lists among other things. The display makes it easy to read the recipes you find as well.
You never know. This could become your favorite kitchen tool yet!
Bonus: Electric Citrus Juicer
Even though I own two very expensive juicers, I still use this handy piece of equipment for juicing oranges or grapefruits quickly.
My sons love it as well. I was pleased to see them use it so they can drink fresh orange juice just the way they like it.
It’s great for kids because it’s simple and foolproof to use. They can make themselves a healthy morning breakfast drink with no added sugar or chemicals!
Washing up is a breeze because the parts are big and no-nonsense. Best of all it’s under $20 in most places.
There are so many more kitchen tools that I could list here. I love cooking for the holidays because that’s when people seem to have the time to settle down and eat.
I could go on forever about the kitchen tools I use to create magic in my kitchen.
I hope this list gives you some ideas and helps bring back the joy of holiday cooking if you’ve lost it.
With these tools, your family can come together and bond over holiday meal prep. Enjoy!